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TFCC’s Boyle captures Christman Cup in sudden-death playoff

NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Vince Boyle of Torresdale-Frankford CC edged Edward McCrossen, Jr., of Whitemarsh Valley CC in a sudden-death playoff to capture Tuesday’s Christman Cup at Torresdale-Frankford CC (par 70, 6,335 yards).

The home-club hopeful sealed victory on No. 17 (par 3, 190 yards), the second playoff hole, after his tee-shot – a 7-iron – landed about 30-feet from the flagstick. Boyle two-putted for par while McCrossen bogeyed.

  “It feels awesome. I’m just glad that I had a shot at it,” Boyle said. “I was really happy about that. I really didn’t think I had a shot. I figured that I was out.”

  During his first two rounds, McCrossen, of Ambler, Pa., used his 5-iron on No. 17, but found the back edge of the green on both occasions. He switched to a 6-iron in the playoff, but again crushed his tee shot about 50 yards over the green.

  “There’s no way to get up-and-down from there,” McCrossen, 17, said.

  Both players two-putted for par on No. 10 (par 5, 484 yards), the first playoff hole. Prior to the playoff, Boyle, of Northeast Philadelphia, Pa., anxiously roamed around his home clubhouse for about two hours – wondering if his 36-hole total of 148 would hold up. McCrossen had a chance to triumph in regulation, but he bogeyed his 36th hole of the day (par 3, 158 yards) to finish his second round at 3-over-par 73.

  Like Boyle, McCrossen didn’t think he had a chance at winning the tournament after 36 holes.

  “There were a lot of opportunities on the course to make birdies,” McCrossen said. “I started making some bogeys, and I thought 3 or 5-over would win, and I was 7 or 8-over par.”

  Boyle ended his first round with a 6-over-par 76, which included an eagle on No. 10 (par 5, 484 yards). After his drive found the fairway, Boyle drilled a 5-wood about 225 yards and sunk the ensuing 40-footer.

  “I wasn’t hitting the ball that great, but I was making putts, like always,” he said.

  But Boyle went on to bogey four of his last five holes. He intensified his focus for the afternoon session by carding a 2-over-par 72. Boyle fired birdies on his 32nd (No. 5, par 4, 318 yards) and 33rd (No. 6, par 4, 418 yards) holes of the day.

  “I got in a groove,” he said. “I just feel comfortable out here. It’s my home course. I felt confident on the greens. I know all of the reads. I knew I had to score low [in the afternoon], because 6 over wasn’t cutting it.”

  Zachary Herr of Jericho National GC, the reigning Junior Boys’ Champion, held a two-stroke lead entering the afternoon session. The New Hope, Pa., resident rolled in a downhill 40-footer for eagle on No. 16 (par 5, 562 yards) after pounding his second shot – a 3-wood – from 270 yards out.

  “I jammed it in there,” Herr said.

  Herr also registered birdies on Nos. 10 (par 5, 484 yards) and 12 (par 4, 331 yards) in the morning session. He drained a three-footer on No. 10 and an eight-footer on No. 12 after knocking his lob wedge about 80 yards.

   NOTES – Boyle played alongside Aaron Burton of Philadelphia Publinks GA, who defeated him in the Junior Boys’ Championship quarterfinals last month…Only 16 players in Tuesday’s field of 52 made par or better on No. 17 (par 3, 190 yards)…Christopher Crawford of Lu Lu CC, Zachary Dilcher of Hartefeld National and Davis Schaller of Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa each carded a 4-over-par 74 in the first round of play. In fact, Dilcher fired five birdies, including back-to-back-to-back on Nos. 5, 6, and 7. However, the Avondale, Pa. resident registered six bogies and six double-bogies in the afternoon session to finish the tournament at 24-over-par 164…Greg Jarmas of Philadelphia Publinks GA was the only other player to card a 2-over-par 72 in the second round. Jarmas defeated Schaller in a match of cards to finish third.

Name Club Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Total
#Vince Boyle Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 76 72 148
Edward McCrossen, Jr. Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 75 73 148
Davis Schaller Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa 74 75 149
Greg Jarmas Philadelphia Publinks GA 77 72 149
Michael Johnson Talamore Country Club 75 75 150
Russell Hartung Doylestown Country Club 76 75 151
Zachary Herr Jericho National Golf Club 72 79 151
Garrett Conway Burlington Country Club 75 77 152
Max Matejik Yardley Country Club 75 77 152
Christopher Crawford Lu Lu Country Club 74 79 153
Matt Pulos St. Davids Golf Club 77 76 153
Jack Ulan Cedarbrook Country Club 76 77 153
Matt Cocco Commonwealth National Golf Club 80 73 153
Tucker Koch RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 77 77 154
Blayze DiPasquale Jericho National Golf Club 76 78 154
Mike Hartsough Edgmont Country Club 76 78 154
James Tallent Merion Golf Club 75 79 154
Kyle Raudenbush Pine Valley Golf Club 78 76 154
Luke Liddell Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 77 78 155
Rich Thorpe Lu Lu Country Club 79 77 156
Chris Szal, Jr. Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 79 77 156
Paul Carbone, Jr. Old York Road Country Club 84 73 157
Bobby Wurtz Philadelphia Cricket Club 75 82 157
Charles Castellano Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour 80 77 157
Charles Cai Mercer Oaks Golf Course 78 80 158
Ted Brennan Philadelphia Country Club 80 79 159
Cameron Liebert White Manor Country Club 83 78 161
Joseph Gunerman Yardley Country Club 82 79 161
Austin List Merion Golf Club 78 83 161
Kyle Hunter Commonwealth National Golf Club 83 79 162
George Braun Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 83 80 163
Jack Russell Philadelphia Cricket Club 85 79 164
Jack Rosenberg Waynesborough Country Club 79 85 164
Zachary Dilcher Hartefeld National 74 90 164
Benjamin Cooley Lu Lu Country Club 78 87 165
Aaron Burton Philadelphia Publinks GA 83 82 165
Evan Galbreath Philmont Country Club 85 80 165
John Leighton Huntingdon Valley Country Club 83 84 167
Jim Kramarski Riverton Country Club 80 87 167
Daniel Novak Talamore Country Club 82 86 168
Edmond Fenton Jericho National Golf Club 82 86 168
Blaise Hopkins Jericho National Golf Club 86 83 169
Ryan Worthy Merion Golf Club 86 84 170
Justin Smith Lu Lu Country Club 83 89 172
Oliver White Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 88 88 17
Robert Hoeppner Commonwealth National Golf Club 87 91 178
Gregory Devine Llanerch Country Club 93 86 179
Joseph Rueter, Jr. Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 89 91 180
Christian Holt Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 101 WD WD
#-won in playoff; WD-withdrawal